It was (hopefully) a look into the future. On March 4, 2012, Deron Williams, the franchise cornerstone of the New Jersey and soon to be Brooklyn Nets dropped 57 points on the Charlotte Bobcats. Deron Williams was on fire, and showed his talent off that was hopefully going to carry over into Brooklyn the following season. The matchup, though, pitted two of the worst teams in the league, but it still caught the attention of the basketball world.
Williams was utterly electric. He hit three's. He drove to the lane utilizing his strong build. He used his nifty crossover to get past futile Bobcat defenders. He did it all. DWill had as many points as all five of Charlotte's starters, and he shot 21-of-21 from the foul line, 16-of-29 from the field.
Charlotte refused to double team the man on fire for some bizarre reason, but Nets fans weren't complaining, as Williams carried the Nets to their 12th win of the season.
It wasn't only a career high for the 27-year-old, it was and is the franchise record as well as highest single point total by anyone not named Kobe Bryant in the five years previous. Since? D-Will has scored 20 or more points only 17 times during all of last season what's been played so far this season and last season.
Coincidentally, the Nets take on the Hornets (formerly the Bobcats) tonight in Brooklyn on the third anniversary of Williams' career high, with Williams playing his best ball of the season...